Political Economy of Protest and Patience

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Why did Eastern Europeans protest less about the brutal social consequences of systematic change than the people of Latin America a decade earlier? Why has the regionwide authoritarian or populist turnabout not occured? Why has democracy in these countries proved to be crisis-proof? In what ways has the economic crisis impacted on the politics of the region? In addressing these questions, this text uses a comparative analysis of the structures, institutions, cultures, and actors shaping both the Eastern European and the Latin American transformations, and argues that structural, institutional, and cultural factors have put a brake on destabilizing collective actions and have paved the way for the emergence of the enduring, low-level equilibrium between incomplete democracy and imperfect market economy which seems set to characterize the Eastern European experience for the foreseeable future.

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Bela Greskovits is Professor of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University and the author of The Political Economy of Protest and Patience: East European and Latin American Transformations Compared.

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"Greskovits provides a compelling insight on the relationship between the economic and political aspects of change and why protest has been so muted. [the book] Deserves a wide readership among those interested in the economic transition of Eastern Europe." -- The Times Higher Education Supplement, 1999

"This is an important book. It is also an unusual one in that it spans some unhelpful and stubborn divides - between regions of the world and the people who work on them, between political-economic theories and political-economic practices, and among the disciplines of political science, economics and sociology. This is particularly welcome in an area of study, such as the political economy of reform, that cries out for trespassing." -- Europe-Asia Studies, 1999

"This well-informed and lively book presents a compelling theme...a provocative and insightful perspective for students of post-communism and comparative political economy." --Choice, 1999

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